Aug 6, 2016

Sunday Salon: Watching the Olympics AND Reading

A collection of short stories by Rosie Thornton arrived courtesy of the author.

Sandlands by Rosie Thornton, to be published October 28, 2016. Book description:
This beautifully written short story collection is inspired by coastal England, by the landscape and its flora and fauna, as well as by its folklore and historical and cultural heritage. Several of the stories focus on a bird, animal, wildflower, or insect characteristic of the locality, from barn owl to butterfly. The book might be described as a collection of ghost stories; in fact, while one or two stories involve a more or less supernatural element, each of them deals in various ways with the tug of the past upon the present, and explores how past and present can intersect in unexpected ways. (publisher)

Also on my desk this week,
The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman, to be released September 6, 2016, Berkley.
As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return. 
Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loved.
Mercury by Margot Livesey, to be published September 27, 2016 by Harper
Genre: emotional thriller
An optometrist in suburban Boston, Donald is sure that he and his wife, Viv, who runs the local stables, are both devoted to their two children and to each other. Then Mercury—a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past—arrives at Windy Hill and everything changes. (publisher)

Books finished:

Falling by Jane Green, a novel with a twist at the end that makes an ordinary romance memorable. 
 Tahoe Dark by Todd Borg, the 14th in the Owen McKenna Mystery series published August 1, 2016. Set in Nevada and California around Lake Tahoe, the series has always been captivating and suspenseful. In this novel, evidence points to a young woman, Evan Rosen, as the perpetrator of three murders. Owen McKenna doesn't believe she is guilty, however, and sets out to prove it. 

Are you watching the Olympics this week or reading, or both?

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  1. I loved Falling...and Rosy Thornton is an author I've enjoyed. Have fun!

  2. I am watching the Olympics, and probably will to the detriment of reading all week lol. I always love the Games. Although NBC's coverage is not always mt favorite. :)

    Love that cover of The Velvet Hours, Paris is always a good choice for a book cover.

  3. I'm stuck on SandLands by Rosy Thornton. Is this a debut author? There are some animals I don't like, like grasshoppers. Maybe the short stories will change my mind about a creature or two.

  4. Velvet Hours, I believe, has an Eiffel Tower on the cover....Something about an Eiffel Tower triggers my brain to tell my finger to push the buy button at Amazon. I'll be curious what you think.

    Here's my first (what?!!) movie review.

  5. Sandlands looks very interesting. I like stories that incorporate nature in the story.

    Combining that with the supernatural adds to the appeal for me.

  6. I've heard great buzz about the Jane Green book and The Velvet Hours is just calling my name. I can just imagine that apartment filled with treasures hiding for years behind a locked door. I want to find out more about the actual apartment that inspired the book. Have a great week!

  7. The Velvet Hours is on my review stack. I finally watched some Olympics coverage last night. I read during the commercial breaks (so many commercials!).

  8. Nice assortment of books. The Velvet Hours sounds good. I remember reading about the rediscovered apartment with wonder. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. No Olympics for me. I'll be working more this week and trying to squeeze in some reading. You new books, especially Mercury, look good to me.

  10. I’m spending much more time reading than watching the Olympics. I’m not a big sports person. I love the cover of Sandlands. I might have to look up that book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. I haven't watched the Olympics. Enjoy your books.

  12. The Velvet Hours looks good.

    ENJOY all of your books and your reading week. Looks like a good one for you.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  13. I can't believe that abandoned apartment remained intact throughout the war and for so long afterwards. I definitely want to read The Velvet Hours.

  14. Rosy's book sounds fantastic, and I got Velvet Hours from NetGalley


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